The hull is carved from select basswood and finished with dull black topsides and white whale. Antiqued copper-green to simulate the corrosive effect the salt seas had on the original copper bottom. Masts are painted black and white with black spars. The rigging of the Cutty Sark is very detailed and intricate. Many miniature blocks are used in the running rigging and tiny chain is used at points of stress, at the braces, and on the bowsprit.
The model is mounted on a mahogany base on two brass pedestals. It has brass finished nameplates on each side of the name block.This model is one of the finest pieces of workmanship to come out of the Piel Craftsmen shop. It has been said that there was never so fine a clipper hull designed as that of the Cutty Sark. The Cutty Sark first felt the water of the River Clyde on her keel on November 23,1869. The little clipper was built by the Scottish shipbuilders, Scott & Linton, in Dumbarton, for John Willis. Only the best materials were to go into her.
The Cutty Sark was 280' long and had a beam of 36'. From her concept, she was designed to beat " Thermopylae , " and no ends were to be spared to achieve this. Scotland is also responsible for her name, cutty sark being the wee shirt or short chemise worn by Nannie the witch in Bobby Burn's immortal poem, Tam o'Shanter. The Cutty Sark made her maiden voyage, from London to Shanghai, on February 16, 1870.
Her first captain was George Moodie. In 1872, the first show-down race with Thermopylae took place. Both ships had loaded at Shanghai and sailed from Woosung on the same day. However, twenty-six days later, with the Cutty Sark 400 miles ahead disaster struck. Her rudder was carried away in a heavy gale.A jury rudder was rigged, no small task on the high seas, and carrying easy sail, she made port a week behind Thermopylae. In 1885 Cutty Sark met Captain Richard Woodget, who stood out among sea characters as an individualist. He raised Sable Collies aboard the Cutty Sark. Under his command the Cutty Sark took measure of the Thermopylae , on the return trip of his first voyage.
In 1885 both ships left Port Jackson, Australia together, and 73 days later the Cutty Sark arrived in England, one week ahead of Thermopylae. From 1938 until 1953, Cutty Sark was part of the Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College, and then was turned over to the Cutty Sark Preservation Society. Today the Cutty Sark is restored in a specially built drydock at Greenwich Pier in London where visitors may go aboard her. Domestic Priority service delivers nationwide in 1-3 days. This would be greatly appreciated.50-75 new items arrive weekly to the store so don't forget to follow us. Be the first to know about our newest arrivals and sales.
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This item is in the category "Antiques\Maritime\Model Ships". The seller is "andrea7668" and is located in Danbury, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to United States.